Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tin House - Tin House (1971 us, excellent heavy blues rock, 2014 digipak bonus tracks edition)

The opening chords of "I Want Your Body," the opening track on Tin House, gives you a very good idea of what to expect from the rest of the album. The brash, energetic guitar might remind you of Edgar Winter Group, which would be entirely appropriate because guitarist Floyd Radford left this group to join that band just after this album was made. Edgar Winter himself has a cameo, playing a one-finger organ solo, and his longtime compatriot, Rick Derringer, produced the album. Interesting as it may be to pick through influences, Tin House had their own sound, composed of blues and progressive hard rock with poppy harmony vocals. 

The progressive side comes to the fore with the slightly pompous duo of "Endamus Finallamus" and "Lady of the Silent Opera," which are redeemed by several catchy and inventive instrumental passages. Tin House was a hot band with some good ideas, and though the players went on to greater success in other groups, this album is worth a listen. 
by Richard Foss
1. I Want Your Body (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan) - 1:45
2. 30 Weight Blues (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan, Jeff Cole) - 2:19
3. Be Good and Be Kind (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan, Jeff Cole) - 2:36
4. You've Gone Too Far (Floyd Radford, Jeff Cole) - 3:45
5. Silver Star (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan) - 4:01
6. Personal Gain (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan, Jeff Cole) - 4:25
7. Jezebel, Give Me Your Lovin' (Jeff Cole) - 2:41
8. Tomorrow (Floyd Radford) - 2:55
9. Endamus Finallamus (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan, Jeff Cole) - 3:49
10.Lady of the Silent Opera (Floyd Radford, Jeff Cole) - 3:35
11.Be Good And Be Kind (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan, Jeff Cole) - 2:53
12.I Want Your Body (Floyd Radford, Mike Logan) - 2:36
13.Understand - 3:48
14.Thanks To My Friends - 3:50
Bonus Tracks 11-14
Tracks 13-14 previously unreleased

Tin House
*Floyd Radford - Guitar, Vocals 
*Mike Logan - Drums, Vocals 
*Jeff Cole - Bass, Vocals 
*Rick Derringer - Piano (Track 2)
*Edgar Winter - Organ (Track 4), Strings (Track 10)